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Good address – high-quality housing?
Comfortable apartments and houses in areas with a wide range of environmental amenities are expensive; housing space in an unattractive neighbourhood is cheaper. What textbook economics teaches ignores the fact that housing markets are imperfect and environmental nuisances are often underestimated.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Baranzini
Haute Ecole de Gestion - Genève

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Are public parks really public?
When urban public parks are designed in a way that the users feel comfortable, their sense of belonging secures a greater responsibility for the park's natural environment. But what makes a public park attractive to the various groups of users?

Dr. Elisabeth Bühler-Conrad
Geografisches Institut Universität Zürich

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How sustainable is private financing of public infrastructure?
The initial premise for this project was that private investors will, in future, play a more prominent role in the infrastructure sector – both in maintaining the existing infrastructure and in terms of new development. It looks at the expectations and behaviour of private sector players, both of the traditional variety (real estate investors and companies) and of the new generation (property funds and listed real estate companies) in terms of their contribution to sustainable infrastructure development. 

Dr. Olivier Crevoisier
RGTE, Institute of Sociologie

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How vulnerable is the Swiss transport infrastructure?
The project will devise a methodology for factoring the vulnerability of individual components within an infrastructure system into strategic maintenance planning. The focus will be on the transport infrastructure. 

Dr. Rade Hajdin
Infrastructure Management Consultants GmbH

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Quality of life for families in urban neighbourhood
A family's quality of life depends, among other things, on their neighbourhood. More choice and spatial dispersion means that mobility has become a central issue for families and their choice of residential location. How can the inner cities be made more attractive for families?

Prof. Dr. Vincent Kaufmann
Laboratoire de Sociologie Urbaine
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL

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Transforming abandoned railway areas into living space
The research analyses the conditions required for integrating disused railway areas into sustainable city development, also taking public transport into account. It aims to identify conditions and methods for reappropriating these areas.

Prof. Dr. Inès Lamunière
Laboratoire d'Architecture et de Mobilité Urbaine LAMU
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL

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Sustained reduction of infrastructure vulnerability
The vulnerability of transport infrastructure systems to freak events constitutes the root cause of considerable social, economic and environmental upheaval. The project sets out to develop an instrument for optimizing measures to prevent potential disruption to infrastructure and its consequences. The transalpine transport systems are used for illustration purposes. 

Prof. Dr. Rico Maggi
Istituto Ricerche Economiche

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Can one build a sustainable lifestyle?
Investors and project developers base the planning of buildings on lifestyle and need concepts. By doing so, they influence the real lifestyle. This project wants to show the relevance of this process for promoting sustainable city development.

Daniel Wiener

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